The Global Gift Gala returned to Dubai for its 5th consecutive year on Friday, December 8, hosting an exceptionally successful event in the Palazzo Versace in aid of Dubai Cares, Harmony House and victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Global Gift Foundation founder, Maria Bravo, gave a heartfelt speech, before the charity auction got underway, and guests were treated to a rousing rendition from internationally acclaimed soprano Seia Lee, accompanied by the Emirates Community Symphonic Orchestra and aspecial performance by ‘Despacito’ star Luis Fonsi. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised from the live auction, with an artwork by famed British artist Sacha Jafri taking the highest bid, while Michelin 2-star chef Mansour Memarian served his famous cuisine to the attendees. This year’s event was kindly supported by GYUNEL Couture, who also donated a couture experience to the charity auction.
2017 is the ‘Year of Giving’ in the UAE, and in keeping with the motif 100% of funds raised during the Gala will go towards supporting programs in 5 different continents making it a truly global gala in partnership with Dubai Cares. Together with Global Gift Foundation, both entities will see projects in India (Harmony House), Europe, America and Asia benefitted, and a donation being made on behalf of Global Gift Foundation to Puerto Rico which was recently left devastated by Hurricane Maria.